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CDC investigating 86 cruise ships with COVID-19 cases
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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is investigating or monitoring 86 cruise ships with reported COVID-19 cases on board, according to a list posted on its website Tuesday, as the highly transmissible omicron variant spreads around the world.
The CDC investigates a ship if there are one or more reported COVID-19 cases among the crew or if cases reported account for at least 0.10% of total passengers in the past seven days. For a ship with 6,500 passengers, that would mean seven cases would trigger an investigation.
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As part of the investigation, the CDC works with the cruise ship to lower transmission and ensure medical resources on board aren’t overwhelmed, according to the agency. It also gathers additional information such as case exposure histories, vaccination rates and details about close contacts.